Creating a Basement Garden

Creating a Basement GardenIf you are passionate about gardening and taking care of your garden decor, lack of sunlight need not prevent you from turning your basement entrance into a colorful garden as well. All you have to do is use the available space for shade-loving pot plants or hardy climbers. When we talk about beautiful plants, comfortable wooden benches, vibrant flowers and different accessories, we usually assume we are also talking about our outdoor garden decor. But that should not always be the case. Let us have a look at how you can create a most beautiful garden in your basement.

Most of us have, at some time, looked down on a small basement as we walked along a city street to see a garden overflowing with foliage and flowers. Proof enough that with the right plants even a dark, shady corner can become a bright splash of color ready to incorporate all sort of garden decorations. The basement floor will most probably have a very shady position, an ideal area to grow shade-tolerant evergreens with interesting foliage that will form a verdant background all year round. Small conifers or Box in tubs could be trimmed as topiary to provide interesting shapes. Include some flowering shrubs too, like early spring-flowering Camellia and later, sweetly-scented Mexican Orange with its dainty white flowers. Many Hydrangeas will put up with shade and reward you with large heads of pink, white, blue or wine-red flowers later in summer. If you are looking to create a cheap garden decor you should definitely consider growing these particular flowers and plants, as they are really inexpensive and very easy to find on any garden center around your area.

You should also use the walls that surround your basement to great advantage. Plants here will receive more light and may even see the sun. Paint the walls white to help reflect any available light. You could even display an imaginary view by painting an arch or doorway on the wall, training climbers on vine-eyes around it and then painting in a distant view through the open “door”. A mirror, strategically placed, can also add light. This is how you start to create your own garden decor on the front side of the house when light is poor. There are always plenty of choices without having to worry about the lack of sun.

Climbers are a first choice for walls. Many of these enjoy having their roots in shade and their heads in the sun and so will grow well in large containers on the basement floor. Mix flowering climbers like Clematis and Roses to give that garden decor feel to the main entrance. Consider growing evergreens like Ivy and Honeysuckle. These will help to cover the walls in winter.

There are many things that you already use for your outdoor garden decor that can also be applied to your basement entrance. Include rocks and pebbles in interesting shapes or colors and pieces of gnarled wood. A stone statue would add elegance – or you could even line gnomes up the step sides. Whatever your garden decor preference, there are always plenty of options for you to choose from even with lack of sunlight.

Gardening in Planters, Containers and Garden Urns

Container gardening is one of the most pleasurable pastimes and is very rewarding with little effort. You get a special feeling of abundance seeing your deck or patio filled to overflowing with plant-packed containers and pots. Your deck garden is sure to give you a warm feeling and entice you to outdoor living. Container gardens can provide that link between the indoors and outside area, helping you to transform a deck or patio into another living space – an outdoor living space.

You are given a wonderful palette to express your own ideas and style. When choosing your pots and planters, think in terms of your own decorating style by using colors, textures, plants and containers. A good way to get a feel for what is your style, just take a look around your own home and don’t be afraid to experiment. It is very easy to change your container garden if you don’t seem happy with it. Change the arrangement or replace a plant or two and try something else. You can always just start over completely.

It is a great idea to keep notes or a garden diary for what works or what was a disappointment and then try something new next year. The garden nursery usually has new plants that they introduce each year – it is fun to include some of them too.

Container gardens offer an excellent opportunity to learn about color and develop your own sense of design. Try out new combinations of greenery, flowers and shrubs to see what works best. One idea that a friend of mine tried was cluster of several large containers. Into this group she included ornamental grasses, hibiscus, licorice plant, verbena and scaevola (fan flower).

Most of all, enjoy your new container garden.

Ponds, Fountains, and Garden Decorative Items

As any avid collector of garden decorative items will tell you, although they may often need to make choices about which of their many garden statues and stones will make the cut for their garden display each year, one garden decorative item that always stands front and center is the garden fountain. A fountain on a pond or “water feature” as they are known today, is the “focal point” of every water gardener’s landscape. It’s no wonder gardeners are reducing the square footage of their lawns to make way for a tranquil space all their own or a delightful and whimsical water feature in their landscapes. They are not only good for the environment but also provide an element of individual style adding to decor of your outdoor living space. Some gardens go so far as to say that without a water feature in your garden, you are not only missing a real asset to your landscape but an asset to your piece of mind.

Esthetically speaking, no other garden decorative items can compare to the beauty that a water feature adds to your property. However, it’s the added benefit of stress reduction, most gardeners proclaim, that makes the upkeep of these water features worth every cent spent and every minute they spend maintaining them. Simply said, they sooth the soul.

Small or large, a water feature can transform your garden into a tranquil retreat that is all your own, a delightful and mesmerizing centerpiece for your garden, or used to complement the space you use for entertaining in your outdoor living area.

While landscapers can offer an almost instant and custom designed water feature, it can be very costly. With just a short trip to the garden supply store and a few tools, there is no reason you can’t do it yourself and save some money in the process. With a little planning, a little preparation, and a little digging, it is easy to create a water garden. Here’s what you need to know.

Planning Location, Location, Location! Just like real estate, you will want to choose a prime location for your fountain and pond.

Here are the things to consider:

First, decide how you want to use your water feature. Will you use it solely for a beautiful view from inside your home or will you want to create a environment for outdoor dining and entertaining? Are you someone who dreams of having a secluded and tranquil setting? Perhaps a meditation garden or a garden setting where you can simply sit and relax with a good book is what you have in mind? Think about your purpose and what you want to achieve by adding a water feature to your landscaping.

Think about whether or not your desired location will be beneath trees that will drop their leaves or needles. If so, this will add to the maintenance involved in keeping your water feature clean. Consider the slope of your landscape, your soil (clay is the best), the amount of sun and shade in the area, and don’t forget about access to water by either hose or water line, and access to an electrical outlet.

You’ll want to be sure you build your water feature on level ground and above the lowest elevation in your yard where rain water might accumulate. Setting your pond at a higher elevation than that of the lowest point will avoid overflow when heavy rain is present and prevent the possibility of washing away your fish, plants, and just about anything else surrounding your water feature.

Some other things to consider are how much sun and shade your water feature will receive each day. Ideally, about 6 hours of sun a day is perfect for both plant growth and keeping algae at bay. More than that, will not only limit the plants that are available for planting around the water garden but more importantly, will increase the amount of algae that will accumulate.

Consider the availability and proximity of your power hook-up. Is a GFCI available or will you need to have one installed? Keep in mind the average length of the cord on a pump is only 6′ in length. Lastly, and probably most importantly in selecting your location is to make certain that you avoid installing your water feature over gas, electrical, telephone, cable and/or sewer lines. Remember to CALL BEFORE YOU DIG! One easy phone call to 811 starts the process to get your underground utility lines marked for free. When you call 811 from anywhere in the country, your call will be routed to your local One Call Center. Local One Call Center operators will ask you for the location of your digging job and route your call to affected utility companies. Your utility companies will then send a professional locator to your location to mark your lines within a few days. Once your underground lines have been marked, you will know the approximate location of your utility lines and can dig safely, because knowing what’s below protects you and your family.

Preparation What you Will Need, a.k.a. The Shopping List:

One Garden (submersible) Pump – This is the most important factor of a efficient and clean pond. Look at the GPH factor. This factor indicates how many gallons of water are displaced every hour. 120 GPH should be enough for a small garden pond. Every water pump manufacturer recommends that the water be turned between 1/2 time and 1 time per hour. With that in mind, you might think that a 120 GPH pump would be sufficient for a 240 gallon pond. However, keep in mind that you will want to have enough pump-power left over to give your fountain a good stream of water. Therefore, in this example, you would need a higher GPH pump to fuel your fountain. To figure it all out, it’s simply a mathematical equation. (I’ll wait while you get your calculator). There are 7.5 gallons of water in a cubic foot.

Multiply the number of cubic feet in your preformed pond liner by 7.5 and this will give you the number of gallons of water your pond will hold. Divide that in half to select the appropriate GPH for your pump for the pond and add a little more umph for the fountain. Another incentive for having a strong enough pump is that a pump that doesn’t adequately turn the water will become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes prefer still water. You pump is not the place to try to save money.

One plastic pre-formed pond liner or flexible pond liner . Which one you need depends on the size of your pond. For a small pond, I recommend the pre-formed liners. Just drop it in the hole and you are almost done. For larger ponds, you’ll need a flexible liner and will have to form your own walls which means more digging on your part as ledges will need to be formed in the interior of the hole for securing the liner with rocks.

A Level, the length of the preformed pond liner. If you don’t have one of these borrow one from a carpenter or contractor friend or neighbor.

A Fountain. This is the fun part! This will set the style of your landscape. One word of advise here; this is your centerpiece and it should make a statement about what you are trying to crate. Also, make sure that your fountain is not out-staged by a larger element in your pond landscape. A common mistake that people make is planting plants around the fountain will grow taller than the fountain itself. Small fountain, small plants. You get the idea.

Tubing: buy tubing that is the same size as the as the discharge adapter on the pump. The discharge adapter is the “pipe” coming out of the pump’s hole where the water is pushed out. You will need enough tubing to reach from the pump to the top of the fountain and a little extra for flexibility in placement.

Several bags of sand. This will be needed to cushion the underneath of the liner, support it, and fill in empty space in the sides of the hole once your pre-formed pond is in place.

That’s really all you need. However in addition to the basic supplies above, I strongly recommend adding a few additional items to your pond. Although they are optional, they will reduce required maintenance to your water feature, and if that’s not enough, make it more pleasing to the eye and soothing to the soul. Plants– Plants will keep your ecosystem in balance and attract birds, insects, butterflies, and frogs to your pond. Just as in true organic gardening, a proper ecosystem will sustain life in and around your pond while keeping pests and other unwanted elements away from your pond.

Plan to cover about 65{30fcef0a965006730555892871faebf02d1eadcaf933e77208ccceba13924838} of the water surface with plants. This will reduce the water temperature and keep the algae growth to a minimum. Algae is caused by too much sun so if your location gets more than the recommended 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, plants are even more essential to the balance of your ecosystem and you will want to cover about 80{30fcef0a965006730555892871faebf02d1eadcaf933e77208ccceba13924838} of the waters surface. Plant life in your pond also provides valuable biological filtration by removing nitrogen, ammonia, nitrates and other nutrients from the water that algae would otherwise feed on. If you are planning to add fish or other wildlife that live in and around your pond (or just want to keep the water clear), submerged and marginal plants will provide the food, shade, and protection for your pond residents. Parrot Feather, Foxtail, and Water Violet are referred to as ozygenators, these plants grow entirely submerged in the water and prevent growth of algae along with providing oxygen for the fish. Water Lilies, Floating Fairy Moss and Water Hyacinth, will float on top of the water surface and will provide shade thereby protecting your fish and keeping the water temperature down.

These plants also absorb dissolved nutrients that left alone, would encourage growth of algae. The roots of these plants also serve as a nesting place to protect fish eggs. Lastly, marginal plants are shallow water plants and sit in shallow areas of the pond. Their purpose is primarily decorative however they also add to and provide shade to the pond. Some examples of marginal plants include Winter Hardy Arrowhead, Yellow Water Iris and Cattail. Cattails also attract dragonflies and other mosquito-eating insects. In tropical climates, Nonhardy Taro, Canna, and Papyrus can also be used.

Rocks – I collect these everywhere I go. Rocks work well as decorative elements and equally as well for a border around your pond. They can also serve to keep predators away from your fish. Flagstones can be arranged around the pond to hang out and above the water providing more shade, keeping dirt out, and preventing access to your fish from predators. Rocks are a natural decorative element for use with any pond.

Garden Decorative Items: garden statues, garden stones, wind chimes, and birdfeeders all make wonderful additions to your pond landscape. A path of stepping stones leading up to your pond is also visually appealing and practical.

Fish – Once you have the proper ecosystem in place consider adding some fish to your pond. Adding pond fish will not only help support the ecosystem and reduce pond maintenance, but they will keep your pond free of mosquito eggs and larvae. A “mosquito fish” can eat up to 168 mosquitoes a day! Koi and goldfish are also good choices as they can tolerate fluctuations in water temperature and poor environments.

Installing Your Water Feature

Once you have planned and prepared you will be surprised at how easy the installation will go. There is really not much to it. Ready, set, start digging. Turn the preformed pond liner upside down in the desired location and trace around it with a shovel or hoe. Try to make the diameter of the hole the same size, or as close as possible, to that of the preformed plastic pond liner. Don’t worry too much if it’s not perfect as you can fill in with sand where the hole is too big but do your best to get as close to the actual size of the liner as you can. Do the same for the depth of the pond liner.

Once the hole is dug, put in about an inch of sand to cover the entire bottom of the hole. This will not only raise the liner about an inch above the ground and keep the dirt out of the pond but it will make it easier to move the liner around inside the hole to level it.

Put the preformed plastic liner into the hole and use your level to make sure it is level. Move the liner around until the liner is level from both front to back and side to side. You may need to remove the liner, add a little sand and/or move the sand around a bit to get it just right. Now, go get your fountain! Feed one end of the tubing through the top of the fountain and all the way through the fountain, leaving a short stub of tubing sticking out of the top. You will adjust this after hooking the other end of the tubing to the pump. Do not plug in the pump yet! Keep the plug end of the pump near the electrical outlet out of any wet areas. Never run your pump without water, it will overheat and damage the pump!

Fill the pond liner with water. You are almost there! Fill in any extra space around the pond liner with sand now that the water will hold the liner in place. Make it as compact as possible but allow a little room for expansion in freezing climates. Still without plugging in the pump, place the pump in the water.

Now situate the fountain in the desired location. I like the fountain to overlap the edge of the pond just a little. Sort of three quarters on the ground and one quarter over the pond. Use a brick or block to support if necessary. Take the plastic tubing that is coming out of the bottom of the fountain and attach it to the pump’s discharge adapter. Make any necessary adjustments to the fountain placement.

Now the big moment you have been waiting for! Plug in the pump and watch as the water shoots out of the fountain!

Add rocks, garden decorative items and plants both inside and around your new water feature and enjoy the gratification of all of your hard work for years to come.

Choosing To Have Artificial Grass For Your Lawn

If you really want to have that fresh and green-looking front yard, you can actually opt for artificial grass. When looking at the offerings of artificial grass company, it is worthwhile to factor in installation cost and other associated expenses along with other considerations like the quality of the artificial turf, foot and vehicle traffic, weather and outdoor conditions, and the size of the area for artificial grass installation. Only by accounting for these factors can one arrive at an informed purchasing decision.

When you are investing in this, you would want to get the best returns. That would only be possible if you look beyond price and opt for quality products. The best way to assess the quality of artificial grass is to look at the samples from various suppliers. When you have found a few suitable samples, the next important factor to consider is the traffic in the area where it will be installed. The idea behind this is that the artificial grass you choose should be able to match the volume of traffic. For high traffic areas, you may have to sacrifice comfort for durability.

Another crucial factor to consider before deciding on this option is to buy is the size of the area where it is going to be installed. Take note that the larger the area is, the more time and effort is required for maintenance. Again, you will benefit immensely from artificial grass that is low maintenance and easy to clean. Once you have chosen a suitable type for your property, the next important thing to remember is to choose the right people to install it. Although it is possible to DIY the installation, enlisting the aid of professionals will ensure that the job is finished promptly with the best results.

Accessorize Your Garden

Garden décor has become as important to a garden as the plants themselves. If your garden requires a little love and you’re not really sure what to do, consider refreshing it with new garden decor – the same way you would change the cushions in your house when your sofa needs a lift.

With the variety of garden decor available today it may be confusing knowing what to choose. It’s important to recognize whether or not your garden and your décor are in a harmonious state. For example, if you have a formal garden, displaying a quirky sculpture or a garden gnome will not compliment this setting. Finding the perfect balance between your garden and its décor isn’t difficult if the décor makes sense and fits in with its surroundings.

Statuary is a very common element of garden décor. Whether it’s in the form of a bust or of wildlife it’s important to place them where they appear to belong. For example, if you have a sculpture of a Majestic Heron it’s best to place this décor in a setting where you might find this bird naturally – around a pond, water feature, rocks, logs and tall grasses. A sculpture of a bust form looks great in a formal or English style garden – think of the beautiful gardens of Versailles and try to imagine what type of statues you would find there. Garden décor also adds an element of surprise to your garden. Smaller garden sculptures can be slightly hidden or tucked away amongst your plants for you to discover along your journey, inviting your eyes to search to more treasures.

Another popular garden accessory is the bird house. What a great way to invite the beauty of song to your garden. Learning about the different species of birds in your area is a great hobby for you and your children to participate in. There are many different styles of bird houses and bird feeders available on the market so there is no doubt the perfect one for your garden. Once you have invited the birds to your garden treat them with a refreshing bird bath. You and your family will enjoy watching birds play and splash about all summer long.

Garden décor can also be extended to the perimeters of your garden such as your fence. A fence, like a wall in your home, is a great location for outdoor art such as metal or wooden sculptures. You may also attach hanging lanterns and decorative brackets with potted plants to your fence posts which is an excellent way to extend the colour in your garden and really makes a statement.

So have fun with your garden this year and accessorize, accessorize, accessorize.

Finding the Right Fit For Your Garden

Designing and decorating your garden can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of owning a home. It gives you an opportunity to create a unique space that suits your style and personality. Additionally, there are countless ways for you to shape your garden. Maybe you want to turn a portion of it into a vegetable garden?

Perhaps you enjoy hosting social gatherings and want ample garden furniture? Maybe you would like a garden fountain or pond as a place to relax? Designing your garden allows you the opportunity create your own vision. While this freedom is wonderful, it can also make the task of finding the right garden decor seem a little overwhelming. Here are a few ideas to help you find the right decor for your yard.

1. It is a good idea to have a sketch of the layout that you envision. By actually seeing everything on paper, you can get a better idea of how the different elements of your garden compliment each other. In addition to sketching out the big sections of your garden such as garden furniture and fountains, add some placeholders for your garden decor. Knowing where you want to put something ahead of time can help make the process much easier once you do find that piece that you love.

2. Think about ways to improve the look of each section of your garden. For instance, just because you might have a vegetable garden take up a portion of your yard, that doesn’t mean your vegetable garden has to look like a farm. Finding the right pieces of garden decor, such as a garden stake, can add an element of style and design to all parts of your garden.

3. Try to find pieces of garden decor that compliment each other. You don’t necessarily need to have one overriding theme in your garden, but you also don’t want to make too many statements either. Having some rustic country garden decor in one section of your yard with pink flamingos in another, and some contemporary Japanese garden ornaments in another section can potentially be a distracting sight. Try to remember that your decor should be an accessory to your garden.

4. Don’t forget to add lighting to your garden. From torches to solar lit garden ornaments, lighting can not only accent your garden decor, but it can be a critical element of your decor by itself.

The most important thing to remember when searching for garden decor is to have fun! While it can be a little overwhelming at times, designing and decorating your garden is something that most people get a great deal of joy and satisfaction from.

Some Tips to Bring Your Garden in Harmony With the Plants

Whatever the style of your garden, enhancing your lawn and garden decor with garden ornaments is a great way to complement the plants and bring a mature feel to any garden or back yard.

Terracotta pots on patios and terraces will enhance a Mediterranean arrangement, Classical statues and fountains will make a formal garden come alive and statues of an oriental divinity will effectively evoke a Japanese garden.

Features to Surprise

Some elements of surprise are welcome with any lawn and garden decor. A birdbath or a bird table installed at a turning in a path can be particularly eye catching.

For a touch of humor, place statues and ornaments in out of the way and out of the ordinary places. Tuck a tall bird statue away behind a clump of bamboos and let bronze frogs, snakes and hedgehogs cross a terrace or lurk in low ground cover. Allow a few jolly clay piglets to tumble down a flight of steps.

For a touch of romance, a shy nymph looks especially charming in any lawn and garden decor when glimpsed through sprays of roses and ivy.

Distracted by a Statue

An ornament urn or a statue placed slightly off center at the end of a lawn will make the garden appear larger and draw attention away from any shortcomings it may have.

Creating a Background

An evergreen backdrop to a statue or a fountain will make it stand out. The use of ivy, yew or box are especially effective for your lawn and garden decor.

Frost Resistance

Unless your containers are frost proof, make sure you bring them inside during the winter months. Those with garland decoration are particularly vulnerable as water can seep behind the garlands and freeze causing them to crack and flake off.

Raising The Level

When standing a potted plant inside a deep terracotta jar, raise it to the level of the rim of the jar by standing it on an upturned flower pot hidden inside the jar.

Solar Garden Decor – Energy Saver

Are you looking for the best garden decor for your garden but won’t affect your energy consumption? There are actually numerous types of garden decors that you could buy for your garden for decorations but some of them are electricity operated which could cost you money. For best option when it comes to garden decors, solar garden decors would be the right choice. Because of the advanced technology that we have nowadays, solar materials were invented to help us save energy. The earth today is suffering from energy shortage. For us to help save energy, solar energy savers were introduced to us.

If we want to help save our Mother Earth, we need to use those materials that would help us save energy. That’s why it is one of the trendy fashions when it comes to decorating garden that most garden designers are crazy about. These are available in different styles, designs, and even colors. So make sure that you choose the right designs and style for your garden.

Aside from saving energy, they are also environmentally friendly. All you needed is the energy from the sun for it to work. There’s no need of electricity or any other energy source. The length of its function depends on the time it was exposed under the sun. They need to be charged under the sun for a long time if you want them to work longer as well. They also come in different sizes depending on the type of style you want to have.

But before you buy any of these solar garden decor, it’s better that you have a good knowledge about how they work and what are the benefits aside from saving energy. You can read articles, books, or even testimonials for information. Or, if you want, you could ask someone who you know that has an experience using them. Ask them how they benefit from using solar garden decor? For sure, they would be good news especially when it comes to energy consumption.

For easy access to shops selling them, it’s always good to check the internet first since it has a wide assortment of choices of garden decors. All you need is to click your mouse if you want to access one site if you want to order online. Just fill out the form provided and follow the following instructions and your good to go.

Great Reasons To Get Synthetic Grass

Synthetic grass has become more and more common over the past few decades. Though many assume that this is primarily for sports fields, an increasing number of homeowners are discovering the beauty and ease of installing artificial turf on their property. Imagine designing the lawn of your dreams, exactly as beautiful as you imagine it, and having it stay that way all year long! And with many retailers out there, this is an incredible way to achieve just that. Read for more in-depth benefits.

1. Very Little Upkeep

One of the constant struggles of owning a home is keeping the lawn looking fresh. The traditional variant requires regular watering, fertilizer, mowing, and more, and that’s not even considering the patches that need to be filled in during streaks of dry weather. With synthetic grass, all of the above work becomes unnecessary. Oftentimes, infill material is used to take the place of the natural soil, which means that even dirt becomes much less of an issue than normal. The only upkeep needed is the occasional cleanup of tracked dirt and dust, easily accomplished with a hose and a small amount of time. In rainy regions, even this unnecessary.

2. Forever Green

Especially in temperate climates, a traditional lawn is exposed to extremes in temperature, from the burning during dry spells to eventually dying for the winter. Synthetic grass, on the other hand, remains mostly unaffected by the snow and the heat. This means that your lawn will stay beautiful, just the way homeowners like it, all year long, with very little effort on the part of the owners!

3. Versatility

There’s a good reason why artificial turf has been increasingly used for homes, sports fields, and parks alike. That’s because it is highly customizable in every aspect. Retailers will generally allow for custom length, material, color, and other factors. Temperature-controlled materials are often available for athletic fields and other places that see heavy physical contact. All of this means that anybody can create a distinctive style; the inclined homeowner could even turn the backyard into a golf green.

4. Environmentally Friendly

Consumer concern about environmental damage is completely valid, and manufacturers are paying attention, changing their production processes to leave minimal impact on the surrounding area. At present, commonly used materials in synthetic grass and infill include recycled rubber, organic compounds such as cork and fiber, and sand. All have been demonstrated to have little to no impact on the environment. On top of such practices, artificial turf drastically reduces water usage – in 2010, between four and eight billion gallons of water were saved by sports fields using alternative materials. It also reduces emissions from lawnmowers, and cuts down on the grass clippings, which make up the third largest component of landfill waste.

Light Up the Outside

While we tend to focus quite a bit on our interior lighting designs, often we forget that the outdoors is just screaming for attention too. Did you know that with a few small additions and strategic placements of lighting you can completely transform your outdoors? It’s a way of bringing the indoors outside and creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

So if you’re ready to add “exterior lighting” to your list of DIY projects, then you’re going to want to check out these ideas.

Using LED Strip Lights

If you have a deck, patio, or trees in your backyard then you’ll definitely want to check out LED strip lights. These handy lights come in a strand or strip, and can be found in a variety of colours or just plain white if you’d rather. You can find ones that are waterproof, dimmable, and are extremely easy to “install”.

The way these work is that you wrap the strip around, or place it along an item. A popular option is to place these on deck railings, along the bottom of the deck to light the under part of it, wrap them around trees, and on pillars. While these don’t give off a lot of light, they add interest and highlight areas of your exterior.

Using LED Downlights

While you may not be familiar with the term “LED downlight” you may have heard of recessed lighting? They are actually one in the same. These are light fixtures that are recessed into the structure or space. Homeowners love LED downlights on overhang rooves and porches. The idea is that you place it in the “ceiling” of the area you wish to light. Sometimes these lights can swivel, which allows you to direct the light.

Using LED Spotlights

Another popular option is to use LED spotlights outdoors. These kinds of lights are waterproof and can be used year-round, regardless of the conditions. You can position the lights so that they highlight a large mature tree, a particular shrub in your garden, a gazebo, your home, or anything else you want to draw attention to. Just like the LED strip lights, you can purchase these in a variety of colours, which makes it ideal for holiday use.

Use Your Imagination

When it comes to exterior lighting it’s a great opportunity to use your imagination and highlight those areas of your exterior that you’re really proud of.

LED trader is dedicated to helping customers with their LED lighting needs. Not only do they offer a wide range of products but these bulbs are ones that can save a fortune on your electricity lighting bill. The company services the UK residential and commercial markets, as well as other locations in Europe.

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